Techonomics

Have DP, Hosting Jobs Finally Bottomed Out?

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After months of year-over-year declines for jobs in data processing, hosting and services, the sector’s employment is showing signs of stabilizing. Although the area added just 200 jobs year-over-year in March, Eduardo Martinez, a senior economist for Moody’s Analytics, says its outlook is favorable as businesses — and especially government agencies — outsource their big data needs to pure-play data-hosting companies. Meantime, Martinez expects consulting to remain strong, even as the economy recovers. “This is the new normal,” he says. “After… continue…

Jobs in Computer Systems, Services Rise for 3rd Month

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Computer-systems design and services jobs rose 5.1 percent year-over-year in February, the third-straight month of growth. Among the things driving the growth is demand for open cloud and Big Data solutions, especially Linux administrators. While the communications equipment, electronic instruments and telecommunications sectors showed declines year-on-year, more recent numbers hint at a different story: Each has increased hiring during the past three months. Communications-equipment jobs rose from 106,700 in December to 107,800 in February, electronic instruments jumped from 369,600 to 398,000,… continue…

Tech Workers’ Top Worry: Keeping Skills Current

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Matching their skill set to a new job is the biggest concern technology workers have when it comes to their careers. Indeed, the idea of closely fitting skills to an employer’s needs is something of a theme, according to a survey by Dice. Being valuable and keeping skills up to date were the next most-cited concerns. Given that layoffs are still touching the tech community, such worries are understandable. Despite the fact that Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that… continue…

Tech Salary Trends Reveal Surprising Winners, Losers

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While overall tech salaries rose a relatively healthy 5 percent during 2012, closer study of the numbers reveals some clear — and surprising — winners and losers. Among the winners: Network managers, who posted a whopping 11.2 percent increase in their average salary, to $68,347. Help desk workers also fared well, with salaries rising just shy of 10 percent. Indicators that more companies may move support functions back onshore could partly account for that. Despite all the talk of business… continue…

Tech Workers Say These Are the Best Job Markets

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The best places to find a tech job aren’t necessarily the big markets most people associate with IT. Georgia, Utah, Delaware and Minnesota lead the list of areas where the job outlook is strong, according to the people who should know best — the tech professionals who live there. When Dice asked more than 15,000 employed IT professionals about how confident they were in finding a good new position this year, the most optimistic people were those working in these… continue…

Tech Venture Funding Rises 10 Percent

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The trends in venture funding last year were much like those in the job market: While overall numbers were down, those in tech were up. Overall venture funding in the U.S. fell 10 percent during 2012, to $26.5 billion. That’s the first decline in three years. On the other hand, the software industry — historically the largest investment segment for venture capital — posted a 10 percent increase over 2011 to $8.3 billion. A total of 1,266 software deals were… continue…

Tech Salary Growth Is Strong in These 7 Markets

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With the IT unemployment rate hovering around 3.8 percent, employers can no longer rely on mere incentives and perks to keep people in the house. Nowadays, they have to write checks. This is especially true for companies in secondary markets like Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Milwaukee. The pool of talent is shallower in regions like these, but that doesn’t mean there’s less work to be done in their IT departments. So, the rule of supply and demand’s kicking in: Salaries… continue…

Consulting Leads Continued IT Job Growth

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Technology employment expanded by 2.35 percent year-over-year in December, rising to nearly 14.2 million jobs from approximately 13.9 million a year ago. The increase was fueled — again — by growth in management and technical consulting positions, which posted a 5.29 percent gain. Meanwhile, professional and technical services gained more than 20,900 new jobs since December 2011, a 2.84 percent increase. Overall, growth in technology jobs outpaced national growth in December, which rose 1.39 percent, to 134 million from roughly… continue…

Demand for Data Analytics Skills Rises Sharply

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Though hiring managers are particularly interested in tech professionals with Java/J2EE development skills, the demand for data expertise has increased notably in the past year, according to a report released Thursday by Dice. Last year, the need for data analysts and analytics skills didn’t even make the top 10. But in the latest survey, they were in the No. 4 spot. It makes sense, considering that more businesses are using Big Data as a strategic tool. For example, game companies… continue…

Consulting Leads November’s Tech Job Rise

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Tech employment rose 2.8 percent in November to nearly 12.8 million jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Leading the growth: management and technical consultants, whose sector’s jobs posted a 5.4 percent increase year-over-year. That’s quite a change from October, when such jobs barely squeaked out any growth at all. That month, its employment rose a nominal 0.3 percent compared to October 2011. The Computer Systems, Design and Services sector ranked second for growth in November, showing a 5.0… continue…